China national rugby union team

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UnionChinese Rugby Football Association
Emblem(s)Plum blossom
Coach(es)Chenglong Liu
Team kit
First international
Singapore  33-3  China
(1 November 1997)
Largest win
 China 74-17  India
(26 June 2019)
Largest defeat
 South Korea 100-3  China
(9 September 2006)

The China national rugby union team represents the People's Republic of China in international rugby union. China have yet to make their debut at the Rugby World Cup, but attempted to qualify in both 2003 and 2007.

China play their home games in shirts of amber and red with the Chinese flag in the right chest and the away strip is a red shirt with amber sleeves, the red flag is not so clear but still on the away strip being the same colour as the shirt.[1]

The national side is ranked 80th in the world (as of 29 July 2019).[2]


China played its first international in 1997 against Singapore.[3]

China attempted to qualify for the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia, taking part in the Asia qualifying tournaments. They started in Pool C of Round 1, playing matches against Sri Lanka and Kazakhstan. Played in April, China lost 9-7 to Sri Lanka, and then defeated Kazakhstan 57-15. They finished at the top of the final standings due to a better points difference, and advanced to Round 2. However, they were knocked out in Round 2, losing both their fixtures against Hong Kong and Chinese Taipei.

China participated in qualifying competitions for the 2007 Rugby World Cup as well. They started in Division 2 of Round 1, contesting matches against the Arabian Gulf rugby union team and Chinese Taipei. China defeated Chinese Taipei 22-19 in their first game, but lost against the Arabian Gulf team, seeing them finish second, and moving into Division 2 of Round 2. However, China lost both their fixtures in Round 2 against Hong Kong and Sri Lanka. China was slated to participate in qualifying for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. However, they were forced to drop out due to visa complications.

China's national sevens team regularly participates in legs of the annual sevens tour, appearing consistently in the Hong Kong tournament. China has traditionally fared quite well, with recent results including a bowl victory in 2007 and a win over Scotland in the 2008 pool stage.


World Cup[edit]

World Cup record
Year Qualification status
AustraliaNew Zealand 1987 Not invited
United KingdomRepublic of IrelandFrance 1991 Did not enter
South Africa 1995 Did not enter
Wales 1999 Did not enter
Australia 2003 Did not qualify
France 2007 Did not qualify
New Zealand 2011 Did not qualify
England 2015 Did not qualify
Japan 2019 Did not enter


Against Played Won Lost Drawn % Won
 Arabian Gulf 1 0 1 0 0.00
 Brunei 1 1 0 0 100.00
 Chinese Taipei 3 2 1 0 66.66
 Guam 4 2 2 0 50.00
 Hong Kong 5 1 3 1 20.00
 India 4 3 1 0 75.00
 Indonesia 5 4 1 0 80.00
 Iran 1 0 1 0 0.00
 Kazakhstan 2 2 0 0 100.00
 Pakistan 1 1 0 0 100.00
 Malaysia 5 2 3 0 40.00
 Qatar 1 0 1 0 0.00
 Singapore 5 3 1 1 60.00
 South Korea 1 0 1 0 0.00
 Sri Lanka 6 1 5 0 16.66
 Thailand 3 2 1 0 66.66
Total 48 24 22 2 52.08


Squad to 2019 Asia Rugby Championship [4]

  • Head Coach: China Chenglong Liu
Player Position Club
Wang Shixue Hooker
Fu Chunyu Hooker
Chen Yongqiang (c) Prop
Wang Kai Prop
Li Jialin Prop
Zhang Chao Prop
Lu Xiaotang Lock
Yang Kai Lock
Fan Xiaolong Lock
Tian Xun Flanker
Lu Yingli Flanker
Liu Zhonglei Flanker
Jovilisi Sadau Number 8 China Chongqing Rangers
Bai Xiangzheng Scrum-half
Yang Siyuan Scrum-half
Ratu Totivi Dakainiviti Ralulu Fly-half China Chongqing Rangers
Liu Xiaohui Fly-half
Matthew Neil Holding Centre China Chongqing Rangers
Zhuang Haitao Centre
Tong Mingqi Centre China Chongqing Rangers
Zhou Cong Wing
Liu Junkui Wing Hong Kong South China Tigers
Ma Chong Fullback Hong Kong South China Tigers

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Buy China Rugby Shirts & Jerseys". Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Men's Rankings - World Rugby".
  3. ^ O'Brien, Tom Mackenzie and Chris (20 June 2006). "China a dragon in the making". Archived from the original on 15 November 2017. Retrieved 25 April 2018 – via
  4. ^ "Asia Rugby Championship Div 3ES 2019". Asia Rugby.

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